NuPower™ 12A03A Micro L- & S-Band Power Amplifier 2017-08-15T11:22:13+00:00

NuPower 12A03A Micro L- & S-Band Power Amplifier

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The NuPower™ 12A03A Micro L- & S-band radio frequency (RF) power amplifier boasts the industry’s smallest form factor in its class of PAs at 1.62 cubic inches and provides 5 watts of RF power for CW and near-constant-envelope waveforms from 1.0 to 2.5 GHz.

Based on the latest gallium nitride (GaN) technology, this solid state power amplifier (SSPA) module boasts high DC-to-RF power efficiency of up to 30% and micro-miniature packaging, making it ideal for size, weight, and power (SWaP)-constrained broadband RF telemetry and tactical communication systems applications.

The NuPower 12A03A Micro PA extends the communication range of a wide variety of L-band and S-band transmitters and transceivers. In fact, the NuPower 12A03A Micro PA has been tested and approved by L-3 Communications for use with its Bandit digital data link transceiver, of which the NuPower 12A03A Micro PA can effectively provide twice the range.

All NuPower PAs come standard with a Micro-D interface cable with 18″ flying leads. Available options for the PA include a +30 dBm / 1 W input drive level version (P/N: NW-PA-12A03A-D30), a fan-cooled heat sink, and an interface cable assembly with banana plug terminations for lab testing.

P/N: NW-PA-12A03A



Frequency Range 1000 MHz to 2500 MHz Size 1.80″ x 1.80″ x 0.50″
(L x W x H)
RF Output Power 5 W (min) Weight  1.3 oz.
RF Gain 37 dB
2nd Harmonic ≤-13 dBc


Power Amplifier Enable GND On Operating Temperature -30 to +60 °C
Nominal Input Drive Level 0 dBm Storage Temperature -40 to +85 °C
Maximum Input Drive Level (no damage) +10 dBm
Supply Voltage +26 to +30 VDC


Current Consumption 0.85 A @ +28 VDC (typ)
1.25 A @ +28 VDC (max)
Classification EAR99
RF Connectors SMA (female)
Interface Connector 9-pin Micro-D (socket)

•  Broadband RF Telemetry
•  RF Communication Systems
•  Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
•  Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV)
•  Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USV)
•  Software Defined Radios
•  Test Labs

•  Accessory Kit, which includes Fan-Cooled Heatsink and Upgraded Interface Cable
•  Harmonic Filter Module
•  Upgraded Interface Cable Assembly Banana Plug Termination
•  Heatsink with Integrated Fan